We sports fans see it happen all the time. A team just looks to be superior to its opponent in every category on paper, but things happened to where the team was unable to play that look out. Most all of the experts, and Monday morning quarterbacks have already given it the victory before the game was even played to confirm that truth: that the superior looking team on paper was indeed the superior looking team after. After a team hears how great thou art all week long heading into game day, is it still able to prepare to the level needed to win that which has already been given to it, as if it had already played the game and won? And after the opposing team hears all week long heading into the game how every one on the planet other than its coaches, players, cheerleaders, die hard fan base, selective friends, and family members have already given it the defeat as if it had already played the game and lost. And after the team that looks to be the lesser on paper hears this all week long, does it decide to become a team on a mission? And after hearing all this talk, does this lesser team on paper finds its heart, and will to win to where it renews it mind and level of team preparation and individual discipline; then go play and execute better on game day regardless of what it looks like on paper. And maybe the superior team on paper level of play drops off, while the lesser team on paper level of play rises, and the ball bounces a couple of favorable ways for the lesser team on paper, who knows if the truth will turn out to look anything like on the paper? This is why they play the game, to play the truth out after.
Now we as team members of the body of Christ, we also have received our team’s report, on what we look like on bible paper against the opposition or enemy. And the report sounds so good in that it makes you wonder sometimes who will stand with you in believing our report to the win. Let’s check out one of the reports as they have it concerning Abraham, the father of faith, looking so superior to the lesser opponents on bible paper: Romans 4:19-21, “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Wow, if I was old Abraham, and could read a report that has me looking so good on bible paper, and of how I can still father a child, regardless of my lesser opponents, being my dead body, and Sarah’s dead womb, Abraham being the father of faith would have most likely said very quickly, so play that look out. You see, unlike you and me, Abraham did not have all of these reports telling him how the outcome will be before the game is even played. Abraham did not know at his time, as you and I do know doing our time, how Jesus defeated all our opponents already. And he gave us the victory as if we have already played and won our games. Abraham played his game and won against his opponents without any reports, and while having a wife who would not have believed a good report on bible paper anyway. And how do we know whether or not Sarah would have believed any written reports on bible paper? Well, since she actually lived the reality of having the baby Isaac, when it was time for the possible sacrifice of Isaac, guess who didn’t get the memo, Yeah. Plus Abraham had this weakness of letting people talk him into doing that which he should not do: he should not have brought his kindred with him, and he should not have slept with the maid for starters, and who knows what he would have done, that he should not have done, if Sarah had gotten wind of her baby going up to the altar. Whew!
Abraham didn’t have to perform on his own to have the child God promised. Abraham just needed to keep the faith and dress out for the game: God would bring to pass what he had promised. Unlike the football team that is the better looking team on paper, our reports are truth because Jesus has already defeated all of our enemies in reality, and he has given us the victory. The football team’s truth may not mean victory for them, but our already victory means when can go forth in his truth. When your opponents come up against you, read your report to see how much better you look on bible paper, and then just play that look out. You know you have already won, so when a play comes your way that does not look like the report says, then don’t play that look out. When you run any plays, make sure you only run plays in faith that has you looking like your report or bible paper says you look: Now Play That Look Out.
The Father Does Love To Do The Body Good.